The Four: Battle for Stardom has announced the original four recording artists who have been chosen to begin the competition.

When Season 2 of The Four: Battle for Stardom premieres Thursday, June 7 at 8PM ET/PT on Fox, the following four artists will kick off the competition: Carvena Jones from Jackson, MS; James Graham from Chelmsford, Essex, England; Stephanie Zelaya from Guatemala City, Guatemala; and Sharaya J. from Atlanta, GA.

Fox has called these four contestants "vocal gladiators."

The Four: Battle for Stardom will continue to star music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs, music producer DJ Khaled, and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Meghan Trainor as the panel of experts.

Fergie will also reprise her role as host, but Republic Records president Charlie Walk will not be returning.

Charlie had previously missed The Four's first-season finale after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced.

The Four: Battle for Stardom is based on an overseas format that begins where many reality singing competitions end: with only four talented finalists in the competition vying for the show's title.

Carvena, James, Stephanie and Sharaya were chosen to sit on the stage at the start of Season 2 based on an initial round of auditions. New singers will then be welcomed onstage to perform for the panel of experts in the hope of being granted permission to challenge one of the four original artists.

In each battle, the new singer challenges one of "The Four" individually. The new singer in each faceoff attempts to dethrone and replace his or her opponent, while the artists representing "The Four" try to defend their coveted spots on the stage.

Members of "The Four" will continue to change throughout the season as new challengers come and go. One person, however, could survive weeks of battles if he or she is talented enough.

In the finale of The Four: Battle for Stardom, the last four singers standing will face off against each other and perform until only one finalist remains and is declared the winner.
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